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Ohio State says Urban Meyer investigation to be wrapped up in 2 weeks

Urban Meyer (megasportsnews.com photo)

Ohio State released details late Sunday night that its committee investigating football coach Urban Meyer saying it expects the investigation to be completed in the next 2 weeks.

Meyer was placed on administrative leave last Wednesday after reports surfaced that contradicted his he did not know in 2015 that receivers coach and recruiting coordiantor Zach Smith had been accused by his now ex-wife, Courtney Smith, of abuse. Meyer, a few days later through a letter to the public, said that he did not truthfully answer questions regarding those alleged incidents about Coach Smith.

In the statement released by the university, former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chairwoman of a six-person working group. Also serving will be Ohio State trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter, Alex Shumate. The committee will also be staffed by former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and Carter Stewart, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

The committee’s investigative findings will then be handed to Ohio State president Michael V. Drake. Then a decision will be handed down in consultation with the board of trustees.

The opening of the 2018 season is coming up quickly. The Buckeyes season opens at home Sept. 1 against Oregon State.

Fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith goes public to defend himself; says AD knew of 2015 incident

Ever since the story broke about former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith alledgedly hitting his wife multiple times, everybody has weighed-in on the topic.

Reporters are saying he is an abuser, he is a liar and Courtney Smith, his ex-wife, is telling the truth. Well, public opinion is not going to matter anyway cause Ohio State University has put together a committee to sort it all out, truth from fiction.

Zach Smith (courtesy OSU)

In a Friday radio interview, Coach Smith gave his side of the story about the allegations. He denied ever abusing his then-wife, and that athletic director Gene Smith was very much aware of an alleged incident in 2015. ”I’ve never committed domestic abuse against her,” Smith said during the radio interview.

Coach Smith said that Gene Smith pulled him off the road during a recruiting trip after the 2015 allegations were brought to his attention.

Coach Smith admitted during the interview, “Gene Smith said I have to immediately be on the next plane back.”

Coach Smith was fired in July after allegations of harrassment, stalking and trespassing were made by Courtney Smith as part of a protective court order she was granted. Mrs. Smith has come out in interviews this week that Coach Smith had abused her on multiple occasions.

Coach Smith said on the air that he was fired due to a “media uproar” after his ex-wife went public.

“It’s a move they had to make,” Coach Smith said. “I don’t think that I deserved it, but it wasn’t wrong.”

Those public revelations led Ohio State University to put head football coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave earlier this week so an independent group can investigate how Meyer, Gene Smith and others handled the entire situation concerning Coach Smith.

Eventhough Meyer fired Coach Smith, the former Wide receivers/Recruiting Coordinator doesn’t feel his former boss should be fired.

“If it happens, it’d be dead wrong,” Smith said. “If he loses his job, it’s flat wrong. This is the guy who fired me. It would be a crime.”

Coach Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State Football Coach, Earle Bruce, who passed away during the past offseason.

 

 

 

 

Urban Meyer, with heavy heart, issues Statement to the Public about Zach Smith situation

Urban Meyer talking to media (megasportsnews.com file photo)

As Urban Meyer investigation unfolds, Ohio State Football keeping media away for the time being

With every August, comes Ohio State Football Fall Camp which leads to the opening of the new season. All of the media across the State of Ohio look forward to interviews with coaches and players.

But recent events will prevent that from happening for awhile.

An Ohio State Sports Information issued this statement on Thursday: ”The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed. We anticipate providing an update on availability Monday.”

With the investigation into head coach Urban Meyer’s knowledge or no knowledge of former assistant coach Zach Smith’s domestic violence issues, the football program will not make any coaches or players available for interviews, and will keep fall camp practices closed until further notice.

Ohio State Football practices are not normally open to the media, but every once in awhile they typically makes the first 40-45 minutes at a handful of fall camp practices available as opportunities for observations, photo and video.

2018 Amway Coaches Preseason Poll has Ohio State at #3

 

 

Once again, Alabama is projected as the team to beat in College Football and Clemson on their heels at #2. The Buckeyes have been given consideration and they have been selected at #3.

Alabama, who won its fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban last season, garnered 61 first-place votes by votes from a panel of major college football coaches in the poll which was released on Thursday.

The Associated Press media poll is to be released Aug. 20.

Amway Projected Top 25 Preseason

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Ohio State

4. Georgia

5. Oklahoma

6. Washington

7. Wisconsin

8. Miami (Fla)

9. Penn State

10. Auburn

11. Notre Dame

12. Michigan State

13. Stanford

14. Michigan

15. Southern California

16. TCU

17. Virginia Tech

18. Mississippi State

19. Florida State

20. West Virginia

21. Texas

22.Boise State

23. Central Florida

24. LSU

25. Oklahoma State

 

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